UPDATE: U.S. Forest Service identifies firefighter who died while working on Stagecoach Fire

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UPDATE (3:11 p.m.) Capt. Hein’s family is asking people wishing to honor him that in lieu of flowers, they donate to the Big Pine Volunteer Fire Department.


UPDATE (8:57 a.m.) — The California Bureau of Land Management provided the following statement on the death of firefighter Pete Hein.

UPDATE (8:01 a.m.) — The U.S. Forest Service has identified the firefighter as Pete Hein, a retired CAL FIRE captain from San Bernardino. He also volunteered at the Big Pine Volunteer Fire Department and spent 15 years with the U.S. Forest Service at Inyo National Forest.


UPDATE (7:03 p.m.) — Kern County Fire officials said the firefighter who died was not an employee of their department.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A firefighter has died after suffering a medical emergency while working on the Stagecoach Fire, officials said Tuesday.

“The Incident Management Team and all personnel working at the Stagecoach Fire extend their deepest sympathies and their thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the firefighter,” said a news release from fire officials.

The release said more information will be provided as it becomes available.

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